Oddities News Archive - March 02, 2009


Dogs are now banned from Toronto's Lake Ontario beaches but there remains a persistent problem of some 3,000 Canada geese defecating every few minutes.

Officials in Los Angeles County, Calif., said the first week of March will be declared No Cussing Week to encourage locals to clean up their language. Michael Antonovich, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said he is planning to issue a proclamation Tuesday encouraging people to forgo foul language for the week, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Monday. It's a good reminder for all of us, not just young people, to be respectful of one another and watch the words we use, Antonovich said of No Cussing Week, which doesn't come with any penalties for non-participation.

Two students at Indiana's Purdue University said they spend about an hour and a half each week distributing free compliments. Civil engineering student Brett Westcott and management student Cameron Brown said they have spent 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

A former official with the defunct Crazy Eddie stores says a New York businessman's plan to revive the controversial name isn't just crazy, it's nuts. Sam Antar, the former chief financial officer of Crazy Eddie who served six months of house arrest after he helped falsify the store's records, criticized entrepreneur Jack Gemal's plan to revive the 1970s and '80s electronics chain by opening 50 stores within the next two years, the New York Post reported Monday. Imagine starting a new investment firm called Bernie Madoff or a corporation by the name of Enron? It's nuts, said Antar, whose uncle, company founder Eddie Antar, served 7 1/2 years in prison for his part in the fraud scheme. The name has a vile, ugly history -- because of the crimes we committed.

The outgoing Miss Outdoors, Dakota Abbott, said at a Dorchester County, Md., competition that the key to a successful muskrat skinning is a very sharp knife. The 17-year-old girl, who won the Miss Outdoors title in 2008, earned $100 and a set of muskrat traps by winning the women's junior championship

The appearance of a new headstone honoring a man who died in 1779 has officials at an Isle of Wight, Va., cemetery confused, a church historian says.

A centuries-old note found in a Paris library seems to confirm eau de cologne was invented by Italian Paolo Feminis and not another Italian. The discovery of the 18th-century written evidence appears to shoot down claims by the family of another Italian man that their ancestor had created the popular perfume, a mixture of neroli oil, bergamot, lavender and rosemary, ANSA reported Monday. Feminis, who lived from 1666 to 1736, moved from a small northern Italian village near Santa Maria Maggiore to Cologne, Germany.

Transportation Security Administration officials at New York airports said items seized in recent months include a frozen monkey head and a drug-stuffed cat. TSA officials said recent months have also seen the seizure of a suitcase full of cockroaches and seven pounds of chocolate-covered heroin bars, the New York Daily News reported Monday. People are still showing up at the checkpoint with loaded guns, explosives, fireworks, said TSA spokeswoman Lara Uselding.

Paranormal investigators said they encountered what appeared to be the spirit of a young child at Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University. John Lewis, owner of Baelfire Paranormal Investigation in Titusville, Pa., said his team of 10 investigators sought evidence of ghostly activity in university buildings using infrared cameras, digital and analog audio recorders, digital and 35-mm still cameras, electromagnetic field meters, computers and other equipment, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday. Michael Peters, the medium who was with us for the investigation, did some channeling and reported having some personal experiences with the spirit of a little girl, Lewis said.

Authorities in Wisconsin said two groups of off-roaders in Oak Creek face steep fines after their vehicles became stuck in muck. Bryan Fortier, 25, said he and two friends were driving Feb.

Word of the Day
  • The abrogation of a law by a higher authority; annulment.
  • In music, during the eighteenth century, a song or an instrumental piece similar to the serenade, intended for performance in the open air.
The word 'cassation' comes from the French 'cassation', from Latin 'casso' ("destroy, annul").